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5 (+ 1) Useful Design Apps That We Love

With every passing year, our tech devices become more and more a part of us and when companies create apps that make our lives just a little easier (and more fun), it makes it all worth while. While good ol’ pen and paper is still extremely satisfying when you want to capture your ideas, so is taking it to the next level. Ideas seem to transcend when thrown into the digital realm and we like what we see when it comes to new design apps and what they can do with them. Take a look at 5 (plus a bonus one) great apps we’re loving that launched this past year.

2014-Best-Design-App-1-Morpholio-Board

While I don’t in any way consider myself a designer, I still love to dream about putting together a room or organizing things into one file. Morpholio Board is stellar enough for legit interior designers, architects, product designers, photographers, artists, and the like, but it’s also user-friendly enough for those of us wishing we had the skills. Curate inspiration boards, mood boards, design ideas, collages, portfolios, you name it, with access to their extensive design catalogs.

2014-Best-Design-App-2-Archisketch

Archisketch is a iPad sketching app for architects and designers that’s scale aware. Once you set the scale, your drawings are completely scaled to that value, even the line thickness. With built-in tools, it makes drawing and sketching super easy for professionals and non-professionals alike.

2014-Best-Design-App-3-Post-it-App

We bow down to the Post-it® Brand and when they announced their new Post-it Plus App, we immediately hopped on board. The app makes it easy to collaborate with coworkers when there are lots of parts you have to juggle. You just handwrite on a Post-it Note, snap a photo with the built-in camera and it digitally creates a color-coded note for you that you can move around and organize into folders.

2014-Best-Design-App-4-Notegraphy

Notegraphy lets you turn any text into beautiful text and you don’t even need to be a graphic designer to do it. It’s easy to create modern, typographic-inspired designs with your words. The company worked with top-notch designers from around the world to create pre-formatted collections that allow users to go in and simply add their text to get a design-focused note that’s shareable.

2014-Best-Design-App-5-Curator

For the iPad and the iPhone, Curator launched as an app specifically for designers and visual thinkers, meaning, all of you! It’s a visual productivity app that lets you unite all of your content, whatever the format, into one visual interface. Mix text and images, along with live websites, into one place full of your ideas and inspiration.

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And last, but certainly not least, is us! After 8+ years of being online, we at Design Milk launched our very own app and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Now it’s easy to grab our daily content on the go!

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.